Kenya holidays, safari and beach holiday
Description of Kenya holidays, safari and beach holiday
This is the ideal combination of safari and beach, wildlife and relaxation.
You'll enjoy wildlife viewing in Tsavo East, known for its diverse habitats supporting a wide range of animal and bird life. Morning and afternoon game drives with expert local guides will make this a safari experience to savour.
Follow your safari with plenty of time to chill out on the beach. Your lovely hotel is set on quiet Galu Beach. Pinewood beach is a fifty eight room resort just south of Diani beach. Stylish yet rustic, this is a wonderful setting on one of Kenya's best beaches. Although the emphasis is on relaxation, there are plenty of activities to enjoy. The hotel has its own water sport and dive centre as well as tennis, squash and beach games. There is a choice of bars and restaurants, too, not to mention a spa offering a range of soothing and pampering treatments.
- Wildlife viewing
- Game drives
- Game walks
- Relaxing on the beach
Best time to go: This trip is run all year except for November and April-end of June. If you want to see the migration you need to book a departure between July and October.
PlanetOn safari: As well as the community gaining from tourism to these community-owned areas, the wildlife is helped too. These large areas of land adjacent to the parks and nature reserves form a wider area for the wildlife to roam freely without persecution, and indeed, without to so many tourists!
Pinewood beach: In terms of the environment, Pinewood help protect Angolan Colobus monkeys in the adjacent forest. They have a policy in place to help the environment and so try not to sell anything in plastic bottles, they harvest rainwater for hotel use, discourage the local sale of seashells, created a Whale Shark Trust to protect these animals and in collaboration with Sea World California support a tagging exercise, only wash towels when requested, and try to preserve the indigenous flora and fauna.
For every person that travels with the company, it plants trees through The Travel Forest initiative. Depending on where they plant and the requirement of the specific area, they plant either indigenous trees or a mix of indigenous and non-native species. Planting non-native seedlings may seem counter-intuitive but doing this can often help any remaining indigenous forest from being cut down (e.g. for fuel) as some non-native trees grow much more quickly than indigenous types. They particularly aim to save ancient or older indigenous forest, through offering an alternative option for fuel requirements of local communities. In addition to this benefit, their Travel Forest initiative helps with such things as planting for water-course retention, soil erosion, shade and even food – all depending on what is planted and where. They have planted almost 100,000 trees to date in various degraded locations including the Andean mountains in Peru, northern Tanzania and Malawi. This has always been done in conjunction with the local communities who plant and then tend the seedlings. Trees are far more important to the health of this planet (and us) than many people imagine. This global Travel Forest initiative can and does make a big difference.
As part of our commitment to the environment we have a programme to plant trees in Tanzania, Malawi, Peru etc. through the company’s foundation. This was set up to help alleviate poverty, conserve endangered wildlife, and protect earth’s environmental diversity for the benefit of us all. All the projects have a link with tourism in some way, and many benefit the wider world as well as local people, through conserving areas of natural beauty. We don’t just look overseas when considering the environment, even at the office the team planted tress in the fields surrounding the buildings to celebrate the company’s 21st birthday in 2019.
As a company we think about our partners overseas carefully. The company ethos is to use properties around the globe that have a similar ethical stance to ourselves. If they can use local suppliers for their provisions, be it food or furnishings then they do, and all offer a variety of menus including vegetarian and vegan/plant-based options. Our partners support the use of solar/renewable energies, and many are looking at ways of switching their current supplies to more eco-friendly options in order to be more efficient. The use of solar, water and air are options in use or being explored, as well as grey water run offs. Energy efficient appliances and practices, card operated in room lighting, low energy bulbs, and a change in laundry practices, are all in operation, and show just a few of the initiatives used. Our partners also use local staff within their properties. Many live on-site in seasonal properties for example reducing the travel emissions of the company, many come from the local villages and communities surrounding the properties. This includes everyone from house keeping to management and the guides that are from the locale.
Due to the nature of the holidays provided by the company, it is impossible to eliminate all flights but where possible we use the minimum flight hours an itinerary can operate with. The packages we have on offer include rail portions in some areas, which keep emissions low, many walking options and shared transportation.
PeopleOn safari: Our driver-guides and camp staff are all Kenyans, and our partners on the ground are as committed as we are to responsible tourism. We camp in two Maasai-community-owned conservation areas. These communities receive an income for the use of the land and also an entry fee per visitor, so they are now earning from their own natural resources – the land. In addition, roads in Selenkay were built with local labour, so direct employment is forthcoming from the tourism which comes here. Another form of employment is that local game scouts patrol the areas to protect the wildlife.
Pinewood beach: The hotel strongly believes in and practices support for the local community and local suppliers. For example, locals are employed out of preference, they buy vegetables and fish locally, they have an agreed policy/conduct code for any beach vendors, they arrange for guests to visit the local village, school and clinic. They also back the Kwale Eye clinic. They are currently setting up a trust fund to help local schools too, and are actively working against child labour and sex tourism.